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The political economy of AIDS leadership in developing countries: An exploratory analysis

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  • Bor, Jacob
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    The commitment of high-level government leaders is widely recognized as a key factor in curbing national AIDS epidemics. But where does such leadership come from? This paper presents a quantitative analysis of the determinants of AIDS leadership in 54 developing countries, using the 2003 AIDS Program Effort Index "political support" score as an indicator of political commitment. Explanatory variables include measures of political institutions as well as economic development and integration. Models developed in the analysis explain over half of the variation in commitment across the countries in the sample. In particular, press freedoms, income equality, and HIV prevalence stand out as determinants of political commitment.

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    Volume (Year): 64 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 8 (April)
    Pages: 1585-1599

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:64:y:2007:i:8:p:1585-1599

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    Keywords: HIV Politics Leadership Media Governance AIDS Program Effort Index;

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    1. Justesen, Mogens K., 2012. "Democracy, dictatorship, and disease: Political regimes and HIV/AIDS," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 28(3), pages 373-389.

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